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Packers 2013 Draft: Eddie Lacy is second round pick


The Green Bay Packers selected Eddie Lacy out of Alabama at the 61st spot in the 2013 NFL Draft tonight.

With a running game that’s been on life support since Ahman Green retired, the Packers solidify a position with another player who fills an immediate need. Last night, it was the defensive line and Datone Jones.

Twittersphere will be filling up about now with both Lacy lovers and haters, but it was Ted Thompson who figured he could still get Lacy at #61 and traded the 55th pick to the Niners. Picking up another sixth-rounder and Lacy is going to be seen as a good move by Thompson who is known for picking up good football players and multiple picks at the same time.

Here’s what nfl.com is saying about Lacy’s best attributes:

STRENGTHS

Powerful, workhorse back type of build. Strong lower body, consistently runs through tackles. Patient, allows his blocks to develop. Light on his feet, able to make quick, fluid moves. Plays with good pad level and balance. Not afraid to finish a run with contact, often falls forward. Shows some agility and elusiveness in space. Decent hands out of the backfield.

With Lacy in-house, it will be interesting to see if the Packers bring back veteran Cedric Benson – most likely he is out, but the Packers may bring him back for competition in camp. Lacy is a pounder who runs well between the tackles and punishes tacklers while doing it. He blocks well, which is probably what Thompson really likes about Lacy.

Here is how nfl.com describes Lacy’s downside:

WEAKNESSES

Doesn’t always make the best decisions as a runner, will miss openings. Not tremendously dynamic. Inconsistent as a blocker, doesn’t attack his target.

While they say he’s an inconsistent blocker, that’s debatable and there are many who feel he is one of the better blockers in this class. He better be … Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers needs protection.

So, with Datone Jones and Lacy now Packers, where will they turn next? Safety? Wide receiver? Offensive line? My guess is that the line gets addressed next.

Stay tuned … The third round has started and should move along quickly. We’ll give you info about the third-rounder asap.

Here is the entire second round:

 

1(33) Jaguars Cyprien, John FS 6’0″ 217 Florida International 90.6  
2(34) Titans (From Chiefs through 49ers) Hunter, Justin WR 6’4″ 196 Tennessee 81.8  
3(35) Eagles Ertz, Zach TE 6’5″ 249 Stanford 82.2  
4(36) Lions Slay, Darius CB 6’0″ 192 Mississippi St. 71.0  
5(37) Bengals (From Raiders) Bernard, Giovani RB 5’8″ 202 North Carolina 84.0  
6(38) Chargers (From Cardinals) Te’o, Manti ILB 6’1″ 241 Notre Dame 87.5  
7(39) Jets Smith, Geno QB 6’2″ 218 West Virginia 88.0  
8(40) 49ers (From Titans) Carradine, Cornellius DE 6’4″ 276 Florida St. 85.4  
9(41) Bills Woods, Robert WR 6’0″ 201 USC 83.1  
10(42) Raiders (From Dolphins) Watson, Menelik OT 6’5″ 310 Florida St. 85.0  
11(43) Buccaneers Banks, Johnthan CB 6’2″ 185 Mississippi St. 84.4  
12(44) Panthers Short, Kawann DT 6’3″ 299 Purdue 80.6  
13(45) Cardinals (From Chargers) Minter, Kevin ILB 6’0″ 246 LSU 84.0  
14(46) Bills (From Rams) Alonso, Kiko ILB 6’3″ 238 Oregon 67.1  
15(47) Cowboys Escobar, Gavin TE 6’6″ 254 San Diego St. 79.0  
16(48) Steelers Bell, Le’Veon RB 6’1″ 230 Michigan St. 71.2  
17(49) Giants Hankins, Johnathan DT 6’3″ 320 Ohio St. 83.6  
18(50) Bears Bostic, Jon ILB 6’1″ 245 Florida 62.2  
19(51) Redskins Amerson, David CB 6’1″ 205 N.C. State 74.4  
20(52) Patriots (From Vikings) Collins, Jamie OLB 6’3″ 250 Southern Miss 68.8  
21(53) Bengals Hunt, Margus DE 6’8″ 277 SMU 75.4  
22(54) Dolphins (From Colts) Taylor, Jamar CB 5’11″ 192 Boise St. 85.5  
23(55) 49ers (From Packers) McDonald, Vance TE 6’4″ 267 Rice 76.0  
24(56) Ravens (From Seahawks) Brown, Arthur ILB 6’0″ 241 Kansas St. 90.3
25(57) Texans Swearinger, D.J. SS 5’10″ 208 South Carolina 81.4  
26(58) Broncos Ball, Montee RB 5’10″ 214 Wisconsin 75.6  
27(59) Patriots Dobson, Aaron WR 6’3″ 210 Marshall 71.7  
28(60) Falcons Alford, Robert CB 5’10″ 188 Southeast Louisiana 81.0  
29(61) Packers (From 49ers) Lacy, Eddie RB 5’11″ 231 Alabama 82.0  
30(62) Seahawks (From Ravens) Michael, Christine RB 5’10″ 220 Texas A&M 71.4

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